Sophomore defensive end Sheldon Day practiced Thursday for the first time this week after suffering an ankle sprain and will be a gametime decision Saturday against Michigan State. He wore a walking boot earlier this week.
“We’ll see how he responds,” Kelly said.
“All hands on deck,” Kelly said.
Some Purdue players said after Saturday’s game that they could tell what the play would be by Notre Dame’s formation.
“I’ve been doing it a long time and we’ve been self-scouting for a long time,” he said. “We lined up in the same formation 11 times on the final drive and they knew exactly what we were doing and we had the ball for seven minutes and 22 seconds. It’s still about execution.
“Those are good soundbites and all, but we know what our tendencies are. We have self-scouting information at our fingertips Sunday when we get them from our graduate assistants. I don’t know how to respond to that other than we’re responsible on our end to make sure we have all that information and that we have to be able to break tendencies if we have them.”
Kelly was asked about whether year three for a player in the program is when everything clicks and they mature.
“I’ve been at different institutions and Notre Dame is like no other, so I can give you an answer that would be different for each institution,” Kelly said. “There’s a different rigor at Notre Dame as it relates to a year-round academic process for the kids.
“I kind of like the young kids come in and they’re not hindered by NFL [thoughts]. They don’t think like that. They’re just going to go play. Sometimes it’s better that they don’t know that they don’t know. I like a kind of mix of those kids. You do want those veterans that know what to expect on a daily basis. I like a good blend of all of them.”